When 56-year-old Kenneth Soderland’s mother was stricken with cancer, he took to books to find any possible way to relieve his mother of the suffering she was going through. Reading a variety of literature, including the Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls, Soderland found that marijuana seemed to be the best answer for his mother and other elderly people who were also ailing from cancer and other terminal illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis, post traumatic stress disorder and seizures. Coming to this conclusion, Soderland became a grower, cultivating his own marijuana plants for use by his mother and friends. He even went so far as to extract marijuana oils for them and grow other holistic herbs that have healing properties. Here’s the kicker: he didn’t charge anybody for any weed. Out of the goodness of his heart and his faith in marijuana, he gifted weed to people who could use it medically.
However, after being tipped off by an informant suspecting drug activity at Soderland’s home, police raided his property. They initially reported finding more than 400 marijuana plants in there along with jars and trash bags full of tree. Not even the electrician’s status as a former politician in his town of Sharon Hill, PA, coach of youth sports for 23 years and vicar at his church could save him from time behind bars. After accepting a plea deal, Soderland was charged for 39 plants. He has already served eight months and was sentenced Monday to time served to 23 months in prison.
This should be fodder for the bipartisan medical marijuana bill introduced to the Pennsylvania state Senate. Marijuana has been proven to be an effective treatment for all of the diseases that Soderland’s beneficiaries suffered from and many more.
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